Departmental Bulletin Paper Use of Online Extensive Reading: Effect on English Language Proficiency and Student Attitudes to Reading in English
Use of Online Extensive Reading: Effect on English Language Proficiency and Student Attitudes to Reading in English

SHIOBARA, Frances

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私は、オンラインでの多読を通じて自律学習を促進する方法を研究したいと考えています。長年にわたり、多読は、第二言語学習者にとって、言語習得のための最も効果的な方法の1 つであることが知られています。多読はリーディングスキルを伸ばすだけでなく、語彙やライティング、文法の正確さも高めることができます。私が使用したいと考えているアプリケーションは、Raz-Kids(Learning A to Z, https://www.raz-kids.com/)と呼ばれるものです。これは、英語ネイティブ・スピーカーの小学生を対象とするリーディング・アプリケーションです。このアプリケーションは大学生用に作られてはいませんが、日本人の大学生のリーディングレベルはこのアプリケーションに最適です。この研究は学生のアプリケーションで読むことに対する態度を調べます。
This paper seeks to investigate student attitudes to online extensive reading. Extensive reading has long been known to be one of the most effective ways for second language learners to acquire language (Waring, 2000). Extensive reading increases not only reading skills but also vocabulary, writing and grammatical accuracy. I would like to investigate the use of an online extensive reading program, and how students feel about it. The application used is called Razkids (Learning A to Z, n.d.). The books can be read on smartphones, tablet computers or personal computers. It is a reading program designed for native-English speaking Elementary school children. Although this program is not designed for university English learners, it has three merits. Firstly the application has been widely tested and is very stable. Secondly, the cost is very reasonable and approximately one sixth the price of a similar application designed for non-native English language learners. Thirdly there is a wide variety of books, which can be read and listened to at twenty nine different levels, giving students a feeling of autonomy in which they can choose which books they want to read, and at what difficultly level. This paper will also correlate online extensive reading usage with TOEIC Bridge scores over a semester.
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